The way we think about our sense of self should be related to the method in which we consider issues of social justice. This study hypothesizes that those with a higher sense of self-concept clarity would have a higher sense of empathy and that they would predict level of social justice concern. Self-concept clarity, empathy, and social justice concern were independently assessed and examined in relation to each other. Subjects over the age of eighteen (N=100) were given three different online questionnaires, which were scored, and correlations were run. It was found that self-concept clarity did predict empathy, and empathy predicted social justice concern. However, self-concept clarity almost negatively predicted social justice concern when empathy was controlled. The results discuss the impact of concern about social justice issues and the foundation of our concern.


Clayton, Susan




Social Psychology

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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